Gracie arrives to deliver a message from George, but George has to deliver it himself. The cast performs another episode of Buck Benny Rides Again, still trying to catch the outlaw Cactus Face. Topics: Jack Benny, Comedy, Variety, OTR
Jimmy welcomes Peggy Lee, Candy Candido, and Victor Moore to the show. Jimmy complains of insomnia, and Victor Moore invites him to the race track, where Jimmy accidentally buys a horse. Topics: Jimmy Durante, Comedy, Variety, OTR
Fred spends time ribbing the latest Jack Benny show. News of the Week. Portland tells of her picnic with mama at the race track. Guest Jack Haley tells Fred vaudeville has returned. Fred explains why there is no sketch for the Texaco Workshop Players. Topics: Fred Allen, Comedy, Variety, OTR
Guest starring is motion picture villain Porter Hall. Western music from Roy Rogers, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, the Farr Brothers, and Pat Friday. Roy and Porter tell the tale of Pecos Bill. Topics: Music, Variety, OTR
Bergen tells Charlie he has a crush on Ginny Simms, and wants Charlie to help him impress her. Abbott and Costello pay a visit and argue over mustard. Charlie tries to get Walter Brennan to appear in a USO show Charlie and his pals are putting on. Topics: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, Comedy, Variety, OTR
In this Command Performance, Fred Allen hosts and takes a few jabs at Jack Benny, then he introduces Kenny Baker who sings Johnny Doe Boy Found a Rose in Ireland. Henny Youngman comes on to run through a number of one-liners. Gladys Swarthout sings Bless This House. Sports writer John Kieran gives the sports news. Actress Madeleine Carroll talks with Fred. Topics: Command Performance, Variety, OTR
Hosted by George Jessel. Seven-year old Josephine Starr sings an aria. Jessel introduces "fifteen-year-old" Judy Garland as his "discovery." Judy sings, "Dear Mr. Gable,". George Jessel and Bert Wheeler analyze the history of old jokes. Topics: Thirty Minutes in Hollywood, Music, Variety, OTR
Fred Allens' Town Hall News of the Week, Portland describes her papas' new inventions, The Mighty Allen Art Players perform a murder mystery starring the detective One Long Pan, Fred jokes about Jack Benny, a man plays music with drinking glasses, and an escape artist. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Town Hall Tonight, Fred Allen, Comedy, Variety, OTR
18 New Year OTR Shows, 1944-1958 Comedy, science fiction, horror, detective, and variety shows from the first week (12/31 - 1/7) of the new year. This is a volunteer effort but please try and pay it forward --- donate a buck or five to our hosts at Archive dot org. 1/5/44 - Mail Call, featuring Jack Benny, Judy Garland, and Johnny Mercer 'Mercer sings his new song, "G. I. Jive." J&J rehearse romance scene.' 1/2/45 - The Strange Dr. Weird - The Tiger Cat 'delightfully gruesome... favoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Comedy, sci-fi, detective, variety, OTR, pay it forward
Orson starts off his new show by having trouble with the censor, and a new secretary. Groucho arrives and attempts to help Orson find a new place to live, and get into pictures. Topics: Orson Welles, Variety, OTR
The Neighborhood Bass Coalition and the National Bisquit Company Present The Celebrity Cavalcade of Spectacular Variety Show! Long thought lost, the N.B.C. has restored a complete broadcast of this famous science-fiction program. This exciting episode finds series star Babe Ruth and his Robot double fighting to prevent the Candy Pirates from depleting the world's Mink fur supply, just in time for Xmas. But is the Big Fella's pal the Robot REALLY seeing his wife on the side? Find out! Featuring... favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: otr, celebrity cavalcade, variety show
40 OTR programs from 1939-1986 -- comedy, drama, detective, variety, and so on. Most are half-hour shows, a couple are about 15 minutes each, and one is about 45 mins. Also, all are in glorious lo-fi, so beware if you're a purist. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: February, OTR, comedy, detective, adventure, variety, history, Fibber McGee, Dark Victory, Father...
Dorothy Lamour hosted this 1948-49 variety show that obtained some of the best guests in radio including: Abbott and Costello; Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, Lum and Abern; Bob Hope; Martin and Lewis, and Boris Karloff. Includes the infamous Shamrock Hotel broadcast. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, Sealtest Variety Theater, Dorothy Lamour
THE BIG SHOW In 1950, the advent of television was not only causing concern in the film industry but radio was beginning to feel the effect as well. In short, audiences were dwindling. To combat the problem, NBC spent lots of money to produce The Big Show , a 90 minute radio program which would feature famous guests performing skits, songs, and comedic routines. Tallulah Bankhead was asked to host the show. She had guested in various radio programs in the past but had never done anything on an... Topics: OTRR, Old Time Radio Researchers Group, Old Time Radio, OTRR Set, OTRR Certified Set, Big Show,...
(48 Episodes) Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy: BORN: Edgar John Berggren in Chicago, IL February 16, 1903 DIED: September 30, 1978 in Las Vegas, NV (Kidney Failure) KNOWN AS: Radio's Greatest Ventriloquist Edgar John (Berggren) Bergen was an American actor & radio performer, born to Swedish family, in Decatur, Michigan. He lived there until he was 16 (when his father died), then went to Chicago, where he attended Lake View High School and worked n a silent movie house. He taught himself... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Old Time Radio, OTR Variety, OTR Comedy, * Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy